Vehicles especially designed for the use by persons with disabilities are exempted from paying toll tax in India. This exemption is applicable at all toll plazas on all the highways operated by the National Highways Authority of India. Please note that the toll tax exemption is valid only for the vehicles modified for the use by a disabled person. Section 2(18) of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, defines such vehicles as “invalid carriage”. So, your vehicle’s RC must show the vehicle registered under the invalid carriage category.
A disabled person traveling in a regular car shall have to pay the toll fee.
The government amended rules to this effect and published the amendments in the Gazette of India on 08 June 2016. An NHAI notification about this change was issued on 13 June 2016 with circular number NHAI/CO/11//2016.
As per the 2011 Census, 2 crore 68 lakh people in India have disability. But only a very small percentage of these people drive a vehicle. Introduction of measures like toll tax exemption and excise duty concession will help making persons with disabilities drive their own vehicles and become self-dependent.
In practice, while seeking the toll tax exemption, the driver of the invalid carriage will have to show relevant documents. For example, RC showing registration of the vehicle as an invalid carriage. Showing these documents and convincing the toll booth operator takes time. As a result, the vehicle queue at toll plaza piles up.
To resolve this, the government has moved a step forward. Now the government is providing free FASTag for the vehicle registered as invalid carriage. This tag allows you to zip through the toll booth in a matter a seconds.
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